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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 30, 2013
Four people are vying for three open seats on the Crescenta Valley Water District board, the body that makes decisions about water rates for residents in the Los Angeles County region of La Crescenta as well as some Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge residents, in Tuesday's election. Three of the candidates for the four-year-terms are incumbents James Bodnar, Kerry Erickson and Kenneth Putnam. There is one challenger - Charles Beatty, who ran unsuccessfully in 2011. ___ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story stated Ken Putnam is a former civil engineer.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | September 6, 2007
LA CRESCENTA — The Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors unanimously voted on Tuesday to appoint longtime Crescenta Valley Town Councilman Charles Beatty to its roster. The five-member board, which oversees water policy in the Crescenta Valley, has been looking to appoint a fifth member since its former president Ernie Weber retired in the middle of his four-year term in July. Four candidates applied for the seat, which state law required the board to fill by appointment within 60 days of Weber’s retirement.
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By Charles Cooper | October 6, 2006
La Crescenta resident Robert Sloan is running for what he says will be his last term on the Foothill Municipal Water District board of directors. Sloan, who has served on the board since 1998, cited his experience with water issues as his asset in staying on the job. He moved to La Crescenta 50 years ago, and worked as a secretary-auditor for the Crescenta Valley Water District for 19 years. He also served on its board for four years. He was appointed to the Foothill Municipal Water District board of directors in 1998 to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Robert Williams.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Several dozen residents spoke out this week against a proposed water rate increase for the Crescenta Valley Water District, which already has among the highest rates in the region. District officials say they are proposing the rate increase as a way to pass on the higher cost of imported water, to recoup lost revenues stemming from increased conservation and to cover the rising costs for maintenance and operations. The Crescenta Valley imports about a third of its water from the Foothill Municipal Water District, which in turn relies on imports from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | October 24, 2007
LA CRESCENTA — Candidates for the Crescenta Valley’s two elected governing boards — the water district board of directors and the town council — fielded questions in back-to-back forums before a sparse crowd Monday night. About 35 people attended, and of those who did, most were affiliated with a candidate, current council member or the sponsoring organization. But neither the lackluster attendance nor the howling wind outside the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science distracted the candidates from addressing key issues like water rates, multi-family development and government transparency.
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By By Tracey Laity | January 26, 2006
Proposed placement of structure at reservoir prompted concerns over residents' health.See the related story on Page A3 LA CRESCENTA -- The Crescenta Valley Water District board has rejected plans for a new T-Mobile cellphone tower at a foothill reservoir, citing concerns over the effect such towers could have on residents' health. About 25 residents opposed the proposed tower at a board meeting Tuesday night attended by a representative of T-Mobile's building subcontractor, Sequoia Deployment Services.
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By Melanie Hicken | October 17, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Reducing local dependence on imported water, fighting teenage drug use and staying vigilant in the aftermath of the Station fire were top community concerns discussed Thursday at candidate forums for the Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors and Crescenta Valley Town Council. Three incumbents and three challengers are vying for one of three seats on the water board. The election will take place Nov. 3. The board makes policy decisions for the district, voting on everything from water conservation efforts to customer rates and capital improvement projects.
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By Melanie Hicken | February 4, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Richard Atwater has resigned his longtime post on the Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors following a decision from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office that his simultaneous seat on another water board represented a potential conflict of interest. Atwater, who was reelected to the Crescenta Valley board in November, resigned last month after the district attorney’s office, acting on an anonymous complaint, determined that his concurrent service on the Foothill Municipal Water District Board of Directors was incompatible and in violation of state law. “Unfortunately, I can’t be an elected official on both boards,” Atwater, general manager of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, said Wednesday.
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December 19, 2008
Vasken Yardemian elected CVWD board president Crescenta Valley Water District (CVWD) governing board members elected their colleague Vasken Yardemian as president of the board at its meeting on Dec. 9. Yardemian will serve as board president during 2009. “I am honored to have the vote of confidence of my colleagues to lead the water district as well as serving the Crescenta Valley community,” said Yardemian. “Our number one priority is to ensure that the water district continues to deliver high quality water supply and reliable wastewater collection system at the most reasonable cost to its ratepayers.
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By: Andrew Edwards | July 27, 2005
New rules could be on the way for local boaters. Environmental regulators are in the early stages of a process that could restrict paints used by most mariners. Regulators with the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board are looking for a contractor to study how much metal has found its way into the waters of Newport Harbor, water board spokesman Kurt Berchtold said. If the board finds a need to reduce copper levels in the harbor, mariners may need to find a new way to paint their boats.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 6, 2013
The three incumbents on the Crescenta Valley Water District board will serve another four years, according to election results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. With three open seats on the board in Tuesday's election, James Bodnar received 714 votes, or about 31% of the total votes. Kerry Erickson garnered 675 votes, or about 29%, while Kenneth Putnam got 539 votes, or roughly 23%. Challenger Charles Beatty, a former member of the utility board, received 401 votes, or about 17%. Beatty currently serves on the Crescenta Valley Town Council, an advisory body for Los Angeles County.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 5, 2013
It appears the three incumbents on the Crescent Valley Water District board may retain their seats, according to early election results Tuesday night. With two out of seven precincts reporting, James Bodnar had received 512 votes, or about 32% of the total votes counted. Kerry Erickson had garnered 445 votes, or about 28%, while Kenneth Putnam had gotten 360 votes, or roughly 22%. Challenger Charles Beatty, a former member of the utility board, had received 287 votes, or about 18%. Beatty currently serves on the Crescenta Valley Town Council, an advisory body for Los Angeles County.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 30, 2013
Four people are vying for three open seats on the Crescenta Valley Water District board, the body that makes decisions about water rates for residents in the Los Angeles County region of La Crescenta as well as some Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge residents, in Tuesday's election. Three of the candidates for the four-year-terms are incumbents James Bodnar, Kerry Erickson and Kenneth Putnam. There is one challenger - Charles Beatty, who ran unsuccessfully in 2011. ___ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story stated Ken Putnam is a former civil engineer.
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October 29, 2013
Voting in all elections is such a privilege. We are so lucky to live in the USA and we are lucky to live in La Crescenta. Charles K. Beatty is the right candidate for the Crescenta Valley Water District board of directors. Beatty has served as a Town Council member, is a former chief executive of the Montrose/Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, has many years of dedicated community service, and for many years was the most efficient, happy, dedicated member of the Ralphs management team.
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By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 3, 2011
Two candidates with experience on the Crescenta Valley Water District's Board of Directors are vying for another crack at the board's open two-year seat. Ken Putnam, who currently sits on the board, and Charles Beatty, a former board member who also is running for the Crescenta Valley Town Council as an incumbent, will face off for the position at the polls Nov. 8. There are three seats open this election, two four-year terms and one two-year term. The two incumbents running for the four-year terms, Kathy Ross and Judy Tejeda, are not being challenged.
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January 10, 2011
Regarding "I'm Just Sayin': Board in hot water after pay increase," on Dec. 29 by Sharon Raghavachary, more than a year ago, during the November 2009 elections, she advocated for a change on the Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors. She asked the public to vote for those candidates with forward-thinking and with new ideas. As her wishes came through, and now that we have three new members on the board, are we better off now than a year ago? On the contrary, in this worst economy since the Depression, where a lot of people are financially hurting, this board recently voted to raise our water rates by 8% and now a 1% pay increase to everyone on district payroll.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Several dozen residents spoke out this week against a proposed water rate increase for the Crescenta Valley Water District, which already has among the highest rates in the region. District officials say they are proposing the rate increase as a way to pass on the higher cost of imported water, to recoup lost revenues stemming from increased conservation and to cover the rising costs for maintenance and operations. The Crescenta Valley imports about a third of its water from the Foothill Municipal Water District, which in turn relies on imports from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
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By Christopher Cadelago | March 13, 2010
LA CRESCENTA ? Kenneth R. Putnam was tapped Friday to fill the vacancy on the Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors left by Richard Atwater, capping a winnowing process that began with eight candidates vying for the post. Putnam previously served on the boards of directors for the West Basin and the Central Basin Water associations. He is scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday and will serve out the two years remaining on the term. A civil engineer with a background in water and wastewater industries, Putnam lived with his family in neighboring Tujunga for 45 years before moving to La Crescenta two years ago. ?
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By Melanie Hicken | March 1, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Nine residents are vying to fill the vacancy on the Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors left by Richard Atwater, who resigned after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office ruled that his simultaneous seat on another water board represented a potential conflict of interest. The pool of candidates is three more than the six-member field in the last election to fill three seats. Atwater, who was reelected to the Crescenta Valley board in November, resigned last month after the district attorney’s office, acting on an anonymous complaint, determined that his concurrent service on the Foothill Municipal Water District Board of Directors was in violation of state law. Now, just months after the most competitive race in years for three available spots on the district’s board of directors, nine residents submitted applications to fill Atwater’s spot.
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By Melanie Hicken | February 4, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Richard Atwater has resigned his longtime post on the Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors following a decision from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office that his simultaneous seat on another water board represented a potential conflict of interest. Atwater, who was reelected to the Crescenta Valley board in November, resigned last month after the district attorney’s office, acting on an anonymous complaint, determined that his concurrent service on the Foothill Municipal Water District Board of Directors was incompatible and in violation of state law. “Unfortunately, I can’t be an elected official on both boards,” Atwater, general manager of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, said Wednesday.
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